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    SMART TVs A LITTLE TOO SMART

    So Big Brother is watching AND listening - especially if you have a fancy TV.

    Samsung's Smart TV 

    The Daily Beast website's discovered Samsung's new 'smart TVs' can record your conversation.

    The telly can be operated via voice activation, and in the small print on their website the electronics giant says they can listen to what's being said. More worryingly they can share that info with third parties.

    Samsung's fine print. 

    Samsung says you can easily see if the voice recording option is on, as there'll be a small microphone on the screen. It also says the Voice Recognition feature can be switched off.




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    Police looking for Red Holden Commodore rego 529-VAL that left scene after Logan stabbing murder. #newsfeed #live

    Police looking for Red Holden Commodore Ute rego 529-VAL that left scene after Logan stabbing. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9b90AHCMAE-PuV.jpg

    Police have searched Mabel Park State School for suspect in Logan death. Lockdown now lifted. #newsfeed #live

    Take a bow @matt_cowdrey! The 26-year-old hangs up the swimmers as our most successful Paralympian. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9c9g5JCUAIjtsw.jpg

    Suspect in Logan stabbing seen in Clem 7 nthbound in grey 2012 Honda Accord 708 SLR. DON'T APPROACH #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9dEL2hCUAMc8cd.jpg

    COUNTER TERROR ARRESTS IN SYDNEY


    NSW police have revealed two Sydney man charged during anti-terror raids this week had allegedly planned to attack a member of the public YESTERDAY.

    The 24 and 25-year-old will face court this morning charged with suspected terrorism offences. 

    During raids on their homes police allegedly seized a machete, flag linked to 'IS' and a video of one of the men talking about the planned attack. 

    Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the men arrested weren't previously on the radar of authorities and the type of act being planned was consistent with 'IS' messages. 




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    Man missing from Jamboree Heights has been found safe & well in Byron. @QPSmedia sends a massive thanks for your help! #newsfeed #live

    WANTED BIKIE HANDS HIMSELF OVER

    The alleged ex-President of the Bandidos West Eng gang has returned from Thailand to Brisbane after 18 months on the run.

    In March, Taskforce Maxima raided homes and gyms in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan, arresting nine patched members of the Bandidos.

    Police say they were extorting cash and property from people, with a number of victims copping some serious injuries.

    At the time of the raids, an arrest warrant was issued for Pechey.

    It's alleged the 26-year-old was a Sergeant-at-Arms of the Bandidos West End Chapter at the time of the offences and later became the chapter president.

    He's been charged with:
    • 10 counts of extortion
    • Two counts of threatening violence
    • Stalking
    • Assault occasioning bodily harm in company.
    • Affray
    • Enter dwelling with intent by break whilst armed in company
    • Rioting (Broadbeach incident)
    • Breach of bail
    • Traffic offences.
    He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
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    POSTCODE FACTOR FOR LOVE

    Finding your one true love could depend on more than just good looks.

    Credit agency Veda reckons your postcode could play a major factor in your love life, with the most financially secure areas also reporting the highest amount of loved up couples.

    Veda says Queenslanders rank a bad credit rating as a major relationship deal breaker.

    So, where are the best suburbs for singles to find their soulmate?

    Fig Tree Pocket
    Pinjarra Hills
    Pullenvale
    Brookfield
    Kenmore
    Westlake
    The Gap
    Chapel Hill
    Rochedale
    Burbank
    Wilston

    On the downside, you might want to look further afield if you live in these areas, as they ranked as the worst performers in terms of credit ratings:

    Fortitude Valley
    Spring Hill
    Brisbane CBD






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    . @JulieBishopMP & @tanya_plibersek on same side appealing for lives of Sukumaran & Chan in Bali. #newsfeed #live

    CROC CLOSES BEACH

    A north Queensland beach has been closed after a large crocodile was spotted on the water's edge enjoying a light meal of turtle.

    Surf lifesaver Peter Lewis filmed the massive saltie on Tuesday at Pallarenda Beach, north of Townsville.

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    Reports AFP office in Bris is in lock down so QLD Police HQ put in "partial lock down" as precaution. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9nE_h3IUAEno5X.jpg

    Qld police headquarters remains in partial lockdown in Roma St. Same for Fed Police. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9nGYMxIUAAOIqm.jpg

    Orders have been given to move Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran to another prison & ready them for execution. #newsfeed #live #Bali9

    FACEBOOK LEGACY: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE


    Ever wondered what happens to your Facebook page after you die?

    Previously, Facey would create a 'memorial' page if informed that someone had passed away, but no one would manage it.

    The social media giant's now announced a 'legacy system', where you can nominated a person to take control of the profile, and even post messages after a death.

       "Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it's also a place to remember and honour those we've lost," said a Facebook blog post announcing the update.

    You have to opt in to the idea, with the person managing the account to have access to pictures and public posts. They'd be able to change the cover picture and respond to friend requests from family and friends who weren't connected to that person before their death.

    At this stage, the feature will start in the US, before being rolled out to other countries.





    They wouldn't have access to private messages though, with the idea that people can take some things to the grave. 


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    Chermside commute punchup: man cops one in the face over loud music yesterday arvo. #newsfeed #live

    YOGA PANT NO NO


    Sport Luxe is THE biggest fashion trend of the past year, but one US state doesn't want a bar of it.

    Montana Legislator David Moore has put forward new laws that include a ban on leggings in public. He's totally against 
    "any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region."

    Anyone who breaks the new indecent exposure laws could be sentenced to 5 years jail and slapped with a $5000 fine.

    To a Montana representative wanting to make yoga pants illegal and various conservative bloggers wanting to ban them:
    I get it.
    It's bad enough that I'm causing America's men to sin by showing them an outline of my FULLY CLOTHED butt. (I mean, there's just SO much being left to the imagination) But then I have the audacity to want to work out and make my body strong and healthy. Woah now! I should probably find a way to lift weights in a floor length denim skirt. Until then... because the bill was squashed, and I've already messed with the balance of the universe - I'm gonna head to the free weight section of the gym and hang out with the big boys - part of accomplishing all of today's goals: work hard, eat ice cream, and smash the patriarchy. Namaste. #iwearyogapants { #yoga #yogapants #fitness #healthy #women #liftheavy }
    by tlduvall via Instagram
    Running is like music, capable of infinite varieties of mood.We can run in zestful joy, or in somber meditation. Running can be about freedom of movement in contact with Nature; or it can be about the discipline and willpower of competitive effort on a road or track. It can give the rich companionship of running with friends, or the equally rich solitude of running alone.
    By Roger Robinson
    #makehealthynormal
    #healthyliving #healthyisawayoflife #movenourishbelieve #ljactive #lornajane #fitspo #fitchicks #fitnotskinny #showmehowyouhealthy #nevergiveup #vegansofig #rungirlrun#run #garminau @lornajaneactive @garminau
    by powered_by_vegies via Instagram
    Start the day with a smile and finish it with a sweat session ???????? Workouts made more fun in new get up | Wearing 2XU compression leggings and Lorna Jane Delphine sports bra ???? Shop at www.activeinstyle.com #getactiveinstyle #sportluxe #lornajane #fitfashion #activeliving
    by activeinstyle via Instagram
     
     

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    POLICE VISION OF STEROID BUST

    Anti-bikie raids on ten homes across the south-east have netted almost 200 vials of steroids and other drugs. 
    The operation's been linked by police to the Lone Wolf Club and Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Task Force Maxima said the offences provide further evidence of the variety of criminal behaviour these gangs are involved in.
    Often these drugs are homemade or supplied without medical supervision which could have lasting impacts on the user’s health.
    It is also important the community understands that unlawful possession of steroids is a criminal offence and is treated in the same manner as other drug offences.
    They should not believe propaganda suggesting otherwise.
    Warrants were executed at residences in Crestmead, Hawthorne, Augustine Heights, Chevron Island, Windaroo and Parkinson, in addition to a supplement store in Daisy Hill.
    Seven people are up on 37 charges including producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing controlled substances, possessing restricted drugs without prescription and fail to dispose of syringe.
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    FINALLY!!! @QLDLabor's secured 44 seats, enough to form Govt with backing of IND. #qldpol #qldvotes #newsfeed #live

    Pauline Hanson's bid for a recount in the seat of Lockyer (the one she lost) has.. #qldvotes #qldpol #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9svZiRIgAAN4m1.jpg

    Government House is hot property..@LSpringborg's paying a visit, now @AnnastaciaMP's on her way. #qldpol #qldvotes #newsfeed #live
    Fast food junkies: Aussies spend an average of $300 per person per year on unhealthy food. #newsfeed #live

    JOHNNY DEPP GETS A BRISBANE TRIM



    Johnny Depp has arrived in Australia, and has made a beeline for some manscaping experts. 

    The actor was photographed with a beard ambassador from Buccaneer Grooming, a barbershop in Brisbane yesterday.  

    Depp is here to film Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with principal photography starting on the Gold Coast today.

    It's been a busy period for the 51 year old, who married Amber Heard for a second time just last week.

    He's also been confirmed as joining the new band, Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

    They'll perform at Rock in Rio this September.


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    Ha! 50 Shades Of Grey movie second most popular Feb release ever behind Passion Of The Christ. $240M on wknd. #newsfeed #live

    QUEENSLANDERS CAUGHT IN BERRY SCARE

    Four Queenslanders have tested positive to hepatitis A after eating frozen berries linked to a contamination scare.
       
    We already knew three people in Victoria and two in New South Wales had been diagnosed with hepatitis A after eating Nanna's frozen mixed berries.
    Queensland Health has confirmed the four Queenslanders, three from Brisbane and one from Cairns, who tested positive to the virus had also eaten Nanna's frozen mixed berries.

    Senior director of Queensland Health's communicable diseases unit, Dr Sonya Bennett says there is a fourth Queenslander who has tested positive to Hepatitis A but it's unclear if the person ate frozen berries.
    We do expect to see more cases and I think that will happen throughout the country. Most of our cases in Queensland became ill in late January and early February.
    There's a national recall of 1kg packs of Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berries, and 300g and 500g of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries.
    The virus has a long incubation period of up to 50 days and symptoms include fever, chills, tiredness, abdominal pain and nausea and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes).
    Queensland Health says you should WAIT for symptoms to show before being tested - contact them here
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    Indonesia confirms Bali 9ers Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred to Nusa Kambangan Is for execution this week #newsfeed #live
    Plan to transfer Bali 9 pair tomorrow's postponed by Indon AG although it's believed the date of executions hasn't changed. #newsfeed #live

    Watch where you park your car with a high tide warning on Thursday & Friday for Brissie. #newsfeed #live #bneweather http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-Bvv_DCQAAug8A.jpg

    ROUGH LANDING AT ARCHEFIELD

    A close call for the pilot of a light plane at Archefield airport this morning:




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    .@AnnastaciaMP "Our message to Queenslanders is start getting ready now" #qldweather #newsfeed #live

    RAINMAGEDDON- COMING SOON!

    B105's Stav has been inspired by the #BigWet to create this bit of movie trailer magic!


    by Natasha Jobson

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    SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE #BIGWET

    The news team is signing off for the night - so we can bring you all the updates from early tomorrow morning. Stay safe everyone... remember, IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT!! 



    6pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now upgraded TC Marcia to a category 4 system. 


    Here's what we know: 
    • Tropical Cyclone Marcia has intensified faster than authorities expected, and has escalated from a Category 1 to a Category 4 throughout the day. At this stage, it is NOT expected to reach a category 5
    • Forecasters expect it to cross the coast south of St Lawrence at 5am on Friday morning. 
    • Residents from Mackay to Gladstone are being warned to prepare for very destructive winds from the core of the cyclone.
    • Bundaberg is expected to cop the worst of it - anywhere around 300mm of rain expected over the next 24 hours. 
    • Winds could exceed 280kmh in some areas, so batten down the hatches if you haven't already. 
    • School closures are likely, but will not be confirmed until 6am - you can check the list HERE 
    • While 6 un-gated dams are spilling over, SEQ Water says no gate releases are planned for Wivenhoe Dam or North Pine dam because in the dam catchment areas a max of 100mm of rain is expected, not enough to cause great concern. 
    • Up to 500mm of rain is expected as far south as Northern NSW... with a Severe Weather warning issued just after 4pm Thursday.
    • Sandbags are available via the SES or your local council - check their individual websites for pick up locations... but please, only take what you need. 
    • At this stage, the boss of Suncorp Stadium says both the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar games will go ahead. 
    • The Premier has promised hourly updates from now... and she's urging residents to STAY HOME unless it's essential to go out. 


    The key message is DON'T PANIC, but BE READY. 

    If you do need any help overnight, here's some numbers to keep handy: 

    For all life threatening emergencies phone Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance
    • 000 

    Do you need assistance from your local SES members?
    • State Emergency Service 132 500

    Are there burst pipes in your area?
    • Seqwater 1800 771 497

    Have you lost water supply to your home, are there taste and smell issues with your drinking water?
    • QLD Urban Utilities 13 23 64
    • Unitywater 1300 086 489

    To report any fallen powerlines or electric shocks
    • Energex Emergency 13 19 62 (24/7)

    If you have lost power or are experiencing electricity supply problems call:
    • Energex Power outages 13 62 62 (24/7)


    Brisbane on Thursday - Getty Images 

    5.30pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now updated the forecast track map for TC Marcia - 

    and expects the system to cross the Qld coast as a category 4 system at approx. 5am Friday morning. 


    5pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia is forecast to reach the Queensland coast at approximately 3am Friday morning. 

    BOM's Robb Webb, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk & QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche

    From now, she has promised there will be hourly updates from authorities. 



    It is important all Queenslanders brace themselves for heavy rain. This is a serious event.

    It has changed drastically since this morning. It has gone from a category one to a three and we're likely to see category four. Queenslanders need to be prepared now


    The Premier is asking people to stay home, unless they absolutely have to go out. The Whitsundays are already in complete lockdown. 

    Listen to your radio. Think about your family and your loved ones. If you don't need to go out, don't go out. And please, be safe. Be safe, this is a very very important time...we're taking this extremely seriously, we don't want there to be any loss of life

    The Premier is reminding parents of the State's government's policy in relation to school closures.... the final call on closures will never be made until 6am each morning. She's reminding parents to check the EDUCATION QUEENSLAND website in the morning for the most up to date information. At this stage, there are no closures to report. 

    The weather bureau's Robb Webb says the category 3 system is likely to be category 4 by the time it hits the coast. He says we can expect gusts up to 260 km per hour. He expects the system will head across the coast somewhere south of St Lawrence, but is warning the cyclone is now expected to affect a larger area than earlier predicted - residents from Mackay, south to Gladstone are being warned to brace for destructive winds from the system's core. 

    While forecasters will be watching carefully, at this stage they're not expecting the system to move beyond a category 4. 

    QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says swift water is one of the biggest risks at the moment.. and appropriate rescue workers have already been deployed to areas they expect to be worst hit. 

    In saying that, he's calling on US to be prepared and have our emergency kits ready... 

    it is vital residents know their cyclone or storm surge risk so they can plan and take appropriate measures,

    4.50pm UPDATE: 

    Our emergency crews are bracing for a long night... and few days... with cat 3 TC Marcia due to make landfall in the middle of the night. 


    Meantime, a heads up for residents living near some of the State's dams... SEQ Water's warning people about 6 un-gated dams currently spilling over. 



    4.40pm UPDATE:

    The Premier's in a meeting with the State Disaster Management committee for the second time today.


    Radar images of TC Marcia show things are intensifying... 


    4pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia has now been updated to CATEGORY THREE, and the bureau says it's likely to be a CATEGORY FOUR by the time it hits land overnight. 


    The weather bureau is warning the system is continuing to intensify as it moves towards the coast at about 260km/h. 

    Gusts will be up to 260km/h by the time the cyclone hits land between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning.

    People between Bowen and Double Island Point should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

    • Boats and outside property should be secured [using available daylight hours/before nightfall].
    • For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
    • For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

    3.50pm UPDATE:
     


    Agencies are in full swing preparing for TC Marcia, which is due to hit the coast in the early hours of tomorrow morning. 



    3pm UPDATE:

    Sandbag depots across the State are being inundated with thousands of bags being handed out to residents in preparation of the high tides and heavy rain. 

    Council's are asking residents to take ONLY what you need, to ensure there's enough to go around. 


    Supermarkets have already started selling out of basics like bread and milk, with people stocking up for the next few days. 

    Radar images show things are starting to get pretty messy off the coast. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is still classed as a category 2 system, but is expected to be updated to category 3 before it crosses the coast overnight. Winds up to 175 km/hr are likely. 

    BoM 

    2.30pm UPDATE: 

    At this stage, there are NO school closures across the State... 

    If anything changes,  you can keep track of it all HERE 

    Education Queensland says that list will be updated as soon as there are any changes.

    "The decision to open or close schools and other facilities include factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and stream levels as well as road and access conditions," Education Queensland says.

    "The safety of students, teachers and community members is the department's highest priority".

    2.10pm UPDATE:

    The weather bureau has updated its advice for TC Marcia:  

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 185 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning. 

    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Burnett Heads later tonight. 

    GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point this evening, and extend inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, and Monto overnight and Friday morning. 

    Abnormally HIGH TIDES will be experienced today and Friday with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide. Coastal residents between St Lawrence and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Dangerous surf is expected about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape. 

    THUNDERSTORMS are expected to develop near the coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay ahead of tropical cyclone Marcia crossing the coast. These thunderstorms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125 km/hr about coastal and island communities. 

    HEAVY RAINFALL will develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point today, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.


    2pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has issued its latest update - Regional Director, Robb Webb, says TC Marcia is around 185km off the coast of Mackay at the moment, and is moving towards the coast at a rate of about 23 km per hour. 


    At this stage, he expects the system will cross the coast as a category 3. 

    The BOM is estimating over 300mm of rain for residents from Mackay to the NSW border, though at this stage they're expecting the majority of the activity to be coastal, rather than moving inland. There will be destructive winds overnight, and into tomorrow morning. 

    If you're feeling a tad confused about the difference in the cyclone categories, here's a snippet from BOM's website: 


    1.30pm UPDATE - Queensland Fire & Emergency have posted some 'fast facts' about TC Marcia... 


    12.30PM UPDATE - Yepoon shelter opening at 5pm on Rawling Street. 

    Locals told this should be a last resort. 

    12.00PM UPDATE: NEW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ISSUED 

    Issued at 11:49 am Thursday, 19 February 2015. 

    Synoptic Situation: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Marcia lies over the Coral Sea approximately 555km north of Bundaberg. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to continue on a general southwesterly track towards the Queensland east coast, and forecast to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday still as a category 2 cyclone. A trough extends southwards from the tropical cyclone and will be near the Wide Bay and southeast Queensland coasts today. 

    Heavy rain and locally damaging wind gusts are possible from the coast to the ranges between Double Island Point and Brisbane, extending to the state's southern border and the eastern Darling Downs and southern Burnett later today and Friday. The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with some 24 hour totals in excess of 300mm likely (mainly near the coast and nearby ranges). Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges. 

    Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year from today. Dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion are also expected on exposed beaches. Riverine flooding: A flood watch is current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs & Granite Belt District forecast districts. 

    A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for areas between Mackay and Double Island Point. A Tropical Cyclone Watch is current for adjacent inland areas from Rockhampton to Double Island Point. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy and Gympie. 

    The next warning is due to be issued by 5:50 pm. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 

    The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

    11.00AM UPDATE: TC Marcia upgraded to Category Two system.




    The category one storm is expected to be upgraded to a category two system with winds of 150km an hour as it makes landfall.


    EARLIER: 

    Brisbane will feel the brunt of it early Friday morning, about 300 millimetres of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours meaning flash flooding is highly possible.

     

    Tide levels could also complicate the conditions, high tides will be abnormally high today and tomorrow and could hit record levels for the year.

     

    The bureau's issued flood warning for the Carpicornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Districts. 

     

    Nearly 10 thousand sandbags have been issued by the SES this week for low-lying areas of Brisbane. 




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    6 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE THE #BIGWET COMES

    With Cyclone Marcia officially forming overnight, authorities are urging us to be prepared for what is likely to be a very wet and windy few days around the South East.

    Rainfall could reach at least 500mm for Brisbane and surrounds, and wind gusts are expected to reach 90km an hour.

    Here are the top 6 things you need to do today, before the worst of the weather arrives:

    1. PREPARE YOUR PLAN - now's the time to get organised. Not when the #BigWet is already here.

    2. PREPARE YOUR EVACUATION -even though the Cyclone Marcia's expected to cross the coast near Yeppoon, Brisbane and South East Queensland can expect flash flooding. Remember if it's flooded, forget it.

    3. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT - this will include everything from bottled water, to batteries to operate your radio. ( Wine optional ;) )

    4. PREPARE YOUR HOME, CHECK ON NEIGHBOURS AND PETS - Is it going 

    5. TUNE INTO WARNINGS - tune in to us on air, or keep an eye on this web page for the latest info. Check the Weather Bureau website for cyclone updates and severe weather warnings, along with the Emergency Services Website, and the Energex website  and Ergon website for power outages.

    6. KEEP CALM -  we've been through this before in 2011- remember how the Queensland spirit shone?

    Remember if you need help from the SES call 132500.

    If it's a life threatening emergency ring 000.
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    SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE #BIGWET

    The news team is signing off for the night - so we can bring you all the updates from early tomorrow morning. Stay safe everyone... remember, IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT!! 



    6pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now upgraded TC Marcia to a category 4 system. 


    Here's what we know: 
    • Tropical Cyclone Marcia has intensified faster than authorities expected, and has escalated from a Category 1 to a Category 4 throughout the day. At this stage, it is NOT expected to reach a category 5
    • Forecasters expect it to cross the coast south of St Lawrence at 5am on Friday morning. 
    • Residents from Mackay to Gladstone are being warned to prepare for very destructive winds from the core of the cyclone.
    • Bundaberg is expected to cop the worst of it - anywhere around 300mm of rain expected over the next 24 hours. 
    • Winds could exceed 280kmh in some areas, so batten down the hatches if you haven't already. 
    • School closures are likely, but will not be confirmed until 6am - you can check the list HERE 
    • While 6 un-gated dams are spilling over, SEQ Water says no gate releases are planned for Wivenhoe Dam or North Pine dam because in the dam catchment areas a max of 100mm of rain is expected, not enough to cause great concern. 
    • Up to 500mm of rain is expected as far south as Northern NSW... with a Severe Weather warning issued just after 4pm Thursday.
    • Sandbags are available via the SES or your local council - check their individual websites for pick up locations... but please, only take what you need. 
    • At this stage, the boss of Suncorp Stadium says both the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar games will go ahead. 
    • The Premier has promised hourly updates from now... and she's urging residents to STAY HOME unless it's essential to go out. 


    The key message is DON'T PANIC, but BE READY. 

    If you do need any help overnight, here's some numbers to keep handy: 

    For all life threatening emergencies phone Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance
    • 000 

    Do you need assistance from your local SES members?
    • State Emergency Service 132 500

    Are there burst pipes in your area?
    • Seqwater 1800 771 497

    Have you lost water supply to your home, are there taste and smell issues with your drinking water?
    • QLD Urban Utilities 13 23 64
    • Unitywater 1300 086 489

    To report any fallen powerlines or electric shocks
    • Energex Emergency 13 19 62 (24/7)

    If you have lost power or are experiencing electricity supply problems call:
    • Energex Power outages 13 62 62 (24/7)


    Brisbane on Thursday - Getty Images 

    5.30pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now updated the forecast track map for TC Marcia - 

    and expects the system to cross the Qld coast as a category 4 system at approx. 5am Friday morning. 


    5pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia is forecast to reach the Queensland coast at approximately 3am Friday morning. 

    BOM's Robb Webb, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk & QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche

    From now, she has promised there will be hourly updates from authorities. 



    It is important all Queenslanders brace themselves for heavy rain. This is a serious event.

    It has changed drastically since this morning. It has gone from a category one to a three and we're likely to see category four. Queenslanders need to be prepared now


    The Premier is asking people to stay home, unless they absolutely have to go out. The Whitsundays are already in complete lockdown. 

    Listen to your radio. Think about your family and your loved ones. If you don't need to go out, don't go out. And please, be safe. Be safe, this is a very very important time...we're taking this extremely seriously, we don't want there to be any loss of life

    The Premier is reminding parents of the State's government's policy in relation to school closures.... the final call on closures will never be made until 6am each morning. She's reminding parents to check the EDUCATION QUEENSLAND website in the morning for the most up to date information. At this stage, there are no closures to report. 

    The weather bureau's Robb Webb says the category 3 system is likely to be category 4 by the time it hits the coast. He says we can expect gusts up to 260 km per hour. He expects the system will head across the coast somewhere south of St Lawrence, but is warning the cyclone is now expected to affect a larger area than earlier predicted - residents from Mackay, south to Gladstone are being warned to brace for destructive winds from the system's core. 

    While forecasters will be watching carefully, at this stage they're not expecting the system to move beyond a category 4. 

    QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says swift water is one of the biggest risks at the moment.. and appropriate rescue workers have already been deployed to areas they expect to be worst hit. 

    In saying that, he's calling on US to be prepared and have our emergency kits ready... 

    it is vital residents know their cyclone or storm surge risk so they can plan and take appropriate measures,

    4.50pm UPDATE: 

    Our emergency crews are bracing for a long night... and few days... with cat 3 TC Marcia due to make landfall in the middle of the night. 


    Meantime, a heads up for residents living near some of the State's dams... SEQ Water's warning people about 6 un-gated dams currently spilling over. 



    4.40pm UPDATE:

    The Premier's in a meeting with the State Disaster Management committee for the second time today.


    Radar images of TC Marcia show things are intensifying... 


    4pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia has now been updated to CATEGORY THREE, and the bureau says it's likely to be a CATEGORY FOUR by the time it hits land overnight. 


    The weather bureau is warning the system is continuing to intensify as it moves towards the coast at about 260km/h. 

    Gusts will be up to 260km/h by the time the cyclone hits land between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning.

    People between Bowen and Double Island Point should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

    • Boats and outside property should be secured [using available daylight hours/before nightfall].
    • For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
    • For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

    3.50pm UPDATE:
     


    Agencies are in full swing preparing for TC Marcia, which is due to hit the coast in the early hours of tomorrow morning. 



    3pm UPDATE:

    Sandbag depots across the State are being inundated with thousands of bags being handed out to residents in preparation of the high tides and heavy rain. 

    Council's are asking residents to take ONLY what you need, to ensure there's enough to go around. 


    Supermarkets have already started selling out of basics like bread and milk, with people stocking up for the next few days. 

    Radar images show things are starting to get pretty messy off the coast. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is still classed as a category 2 system, but is expected to be updated to category 3 before it crosses the coast overnight. Winds up to 175 km/hr are likely. 

    BoM 

    2.30pm UPDATE: 

    At this stage, there are NO school closures across the State... 

    If anything changes,  you can keep track of it all HERE 

    Education Queensland says that list will be updated as soon as there are any changes.

    "The decision to open or close schools and other facilities include factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and stream levels as well as road and access conditions," Education Queensland says.

    "The safety of students, teachers and community members is the department's highest priority".

    2.10pm UPDATE:

    The weather bureau has updated its advice for TC Marcia:  

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 185 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning. 

    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Burnett Heads later tonight. 

    GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point this evening, and extend inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, and Monto overnight and Friday morning. 

    Abnormally HIGH TIDES will be experienced today and Friday with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide. Coastal residents between St Lawrence and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Dangerous surf is expected about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape. 

    THUNDERSTORMS are expected to develop near the coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay ahead of tropical cyclone Marcia crossing the coast. These thunderstorms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125 km/hr about coastal and island communities. 

    HEAVY RAINFALL will develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point today, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.


    2pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has issued its latest update - Regional Director, Robb Webb, says TC Marcia is around 185km off the coast of Mackay at the moment, and is moving towards the coast at a rate of about 23 km per hour. 


    At this stage, he expects the system will cross the coast as a category 3. 

    The BOM is estimating over 300mm of rain for residents from Mackay to the NSW border, though at this stage they're expecting the majority of the activity to be coastal, rather than moving inland. There will be destructive winds overnight, and into tomorrow morning. 

    If you're feeling a tad confused about the difference in the cyclone categories, here's a snippet from BOM's website: 


    1.30pm UPDATE - Queensland Fire & Emergency have posted some 'fast facts' about TC Marcia... 


    12.30PM UPDATE - Yepoon shelter opening at 5pm on Rawling Street. 

    Locals told this should be a last resort. 

    12.00PM UPDATE: NEW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ISSUED 

    Issued at 11:49 am Thursday, 19 February 2015. 

    Synoptic Situation: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Marcia lies over the Coral Sea approximately 555km north of Bundaberg. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to continue on a general southwesterly track towards the Queensland east coast, and forecast to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday still as a category 2 cyclone. A trough extends southwards from the tropical cyclone and will be near the Wide Bay and southeast Queensland coasts today. 

    Heavy rain and locally damaging wind gusts are possible from the coast to the ranges between Double Island Point and Brisbane, extending to the state's southern border and the eastern Darling Downs and southern Burnett later today and Friday. The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with some 24 hour totals in excess of 300mm likely (mainly near the coast and nearby ranges). Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges. 

    Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year from today. Dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion are also expected on exposed beaches. Riverine flooding: A flood watch is current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs & Granite Belt District forecast districts. 

    A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for areas between Mackay and Double Island Point. A Tropical Cyclone Watch is current for adjacent inland areas from Rockhampton to Double Island Point. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy and Gympie. 

    The next warning is due to be issued by 5:50 pm. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 

    The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

    11.00AM UPDATE: TC Marcia upgraded to Category Two system.




    The category one storm is expected to be upgraded to a category two system with winds of 150km an hour as it makes landfall.


    EARLIER: 

    Brisbane will feel the brunt of it early Friday morning, about 300 millimetres of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours meaning flash flooding is highly possible.

     

    Tide levels could also complicate the conditions, high tides will be abnormally high today and tomorrow and could hit record levels for the year.

     

    The bureau's issued flood warning for the Carpicornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Districts. 

     

    Nearly 10 thousand sandbags have been issued by the SES this week for low-lying areas of Brisbane. 




    by Brisbane News Team edited by Natasha Jobson 2/19/2015 8:21:10 AM
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    MARCIA FAST FACTS 5AM

    CYCLONE MARCIA FAST FACTS



    KEY NUMBERS SES 132500



    For life threatening emergencies Triple ZERO



    FORECAST AS AT 5.00AM - Weather Bureau issuing cyclone
    warnings hourly at the moment.



    Cities in the eye of the storm  are: St Lawrence in the north, down to
    Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.
    (This is Isaac Shire).





    Winds of up to 300km per hr expected.





    6 TIPS TO PREPARE
    FOR EMERGENCIES



    1. PREPARE YOUR PLAN - now's the time to get organised. Not when the
    #BigWet is already here.



    2. PREPARE YOUR EVACUATION -even though the Cyclone Marcia's expected to cross the
    coast near Yeppoon, Brisbane and South East Queensland can expect flash
    flooding.
     Remember if it's flooded, forget it.



    3. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT - this will include everything from bottled water, to batteries to
    operate your radio. ( Wine optional ;) )



    4. PREPARE YOUR HOME, CHECK ON NEIGHBOURS AND PETS - Is it going 



    5. TUNE INTO WARNINGS - tune in to us on air, or keep an eye on this web page for the
    latest info. Check the
     Weather Bureau
    website
     for cyclone updates and severe weather warnings, along with the Emergency Services Website, and the Energex website  and Ergon website for power
    outages.



    6. KEEP CALM -  we've been through this before in 2011- remember how the
    Queensland spirit shone?



    FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES:



    http://deta.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters.html
    -



    AS AT 4.30AM
    Mainly FNQ Schools



    St John
    Fisher at Bracken Ridge is closed – mainly bc of the rain and some building
    works they have got on at the moment.



    SANDBAGS FOR COLLECTION AROUND
    BRISBANE:



    Darra - South Depot, 38 Shamrock Road



    Morningside - Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street



    Newmarket - SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road



    Zillmere- North Depot, 22 Jennings Street



    (remember to only half fill sandbags
    and use them in a brick style formation)














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